According to AQSIQ Notice No. 59, Imported Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act defines food 'labeling' as all labels and other written, printed, or graphic matter upon any article or any of its containers or wrappers, or accompanying such article. The term 'accompanying' is interpreted liberally to mean more than physical association with the food product. It extends to posters, tags, pamphlets, circulars, booklets, brochures, instructions, websites, etc.
The AQSIQ requires most foods to bear specific nutrition and ingredient labeling and requires food, beverage, and dietary supplement labels that bear nutrient content claims and certain health messages to comply with specific requirements. Furthermore, by defining "dietary supplements," adding specific labeling requirements for dietary supplements, and providing for optional labeling statements.
As stated above, the new regulation will come into force on May 01, 2013. Exporters / importers must register with AQSIQ before that date and obtain Chinese version of the standard food labels by the AQSIQ management system.